Richard E. Link, MD, PhD

Richard E. Link, MD, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas

Richard E. Link, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Urology and the Carlton-Smith Endowed Chair in Urologic Education at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX, is a Board-certified and fellowship-trained urologist specializing in the treatment of urologic disease affecting the kidneys, ureter, and prostate. He focuses on the use of laparoscopic, robotic-assisted, percutaneous, and endoscopic techniques to treat kidney tumors, renal and ureteral obstruction, and urinary tract stones. He directs the BCM Division of Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery and is active nationally in teaching these techniques to other urologists through the American Urological Association Office of Education. He has also directed the BCM fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery since 2008. He is the recipient of several awards specifically recognizing his commitment to teaching and mentoring, including two Fulbright and Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Awards (Teaching and Evaluation and Development of Enduring Materials) and several Resident Teaching Awards. Dr. Link has been an early pioneer in the development of laparoendoscopic single-site donor nephrectomy. He serves as Director of Living Donor Procurement for several major kidney transplant programs in Houston, including CHI/SLEH/BCM, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Link completed his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University, CA. His research laboratory studies the genetic basis for renal cell carcinoma disease using a combination of genetically engineered mouse models, stem cell biology, and sophisticated whole genome molecular techniques. His clinical research interests include surgical simulation, decision analysis modeling, and the application of 3D reconstruction and printing techniques to surgical education.

Articles by Richard E. Link, MD, PhD

Why Should a Clinician Care About 3D Printing, VR Simulators and Genetically Engineered Animal Models for Kidney Cancer?

Richard E. Link, MD, PhD, discusses current challenges in the management of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), as well as research efforts to address these challenges. He specifically reviews 3D-printed models and virtual reality simulation for pre-surgical rehearsal and training, and an engineered animal model for identifying genetic targets in papillary RCC.

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